This paper suggests that;
- aestheticization facilitates risk-taking in the pursuit of an ecstatic, transcendent experience and
- the surfing aesthetic involves a postmodern incarnation of the sublime that distorts rational risk assessment.
The study also considers the role of the surfing media in constructing and reinforcing images of the sublime.
 The aesthetics of risk, A study of surfing, by Mark Stranger. University of Tasmania, Australia. Published in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 34, No. 3, 265-276 (1999).